About Hamtun
A WATCH COMPANY FOR THE REST OF US

A WATCH COMPANY FOR THE REST OF US

Founded in 2016 in Southampton, UK, Hamtun is a modern watch company dedicated to making and selling high end watches without the usual retail markup.

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The History Behind Us

Foundation of the company

September 2015

Foundation of the company

Hamtun was founded by a couple of friends back in 2015. Lead by co-founder and designer Ross Davis, the aim was to create the watches that we wanted to own but, as family men with normal jobs, couldn’t afford. By cutting out all of the extra layers of bureaucracy and by working to sensible margins, we set out to make high quality watches for people like us.

So why Hamtun?
Hamtun is one of the original names for the settlement that eventually became Southampton, our home city. Naming stuff is hard!

The Founder

The Founder

Hamtun was founded by Ross Davis. He came up with the original watch designs in 2015 and for the first couple of years of operation was responsible for every area of the business from product design through to shipping and general admin.

Ross lives with his wife and three children in Southampton, UK. Before starting Hamtun he spent 10 years in product and project management roles for software companies in London. With long term aspirations to run his own business, Hamtun started semi-accidently as a result of an interest in watches.

The H1, our first model

The H1, our first model

After 18 months of designing, prototyping and marketing, on 27 September 2016 Hamtun launched their first model, the H1 dive watch, on Kickstarter. With customers queueing up to buy it, the watch reached its target of £20,000 in 20 minutes and went on to raise around £220,000 in pre-orders in just 30 days.

Building a business

Building a business

Following the huge success of the H1, we spent 2017 building an infrastructure to support company growth. With sales far exceeding expectations, the plans we’d made were no longer suitable. Building a new website and finding new shipping partners, new payment processors and new manufacturing partners, took most of 2017. It was time well spent, as it positioned the company for the big growth coming in 2018 and 2019.

Our second model

30th January 2018

Our second model

We launched the Neon, our second watch. This was the first time we’d included Swiss automatic movements in our watches, and the first time working with our new manufacturing partners. With 12 different colour combinations available at launch, it was by far our biggest and most ambitious project.

Our third model

9th October 2018

Our third model

We launched our third watch, the day-date Nanok. Designed to be a watch suitable for any scenario, it was our first model to include a scratch resistant treatment that ensured that the watch picked up far fewer of the hairline scratches and marks that contribute towards the “worn” look of most watches after a few months of use.

A new home

January 2019

A new home

After years of working from dining room tables while annoying family members, Hamtun finally moved in to dedicated office space in Southampton city centre. As well as saving marriages, it also set Hamtun up for its next stage of growth as we focussed on becoming one of the best known microbrands in the world.

The return of a classic

5th March 2019

The return of a classic

We launched the long awaited follow up to 2016’s H1. Known as the Kraken (aka the H2), it took everything that people loved about the H1 and improved it further still. With more than £200,000 in sales on day one, and with nearly £500,000 (over $550,000) in 28 days, the Kraken was our biggest success yet.


Great watches.
Great prices.
No bullshit.

2 Year Warranty

2 Year Warranty

30 Days Return

30 Days Return

Worldwide Shipping

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